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Century XVI

After years of epidemics and famines in 1528 Andrea Doria takes over Genoa trying to start a more definite institutional situation by offering a class of government composed of the old and the new nobility. It also allies with the Spanish in terms of fundamentally financiers, by launching a genuine capitalist financial policy based on exchange and loans,

Precisely because of the economic and financial power of Genoese bankers and shipowners, this period, seen by the Commune to the Oligarchic Republic, is called “the Genoese Century.”

In 1536 it began the renovation of the city walls which could have provided the opportunity for an expansive expansion and urban reorganization.

In the whole century, however, interventions in the city come from almost purely private initiatives to renovate palaces or noble squares rather than solving public problems such as street traffic (Strada Nuova, Palazzo Ducale and Piazza Banchi).

This situation is evidenced by the many calls to the Fathers of the Commune (figures responsible for urban management of the city, derived from the old magistracy of the port of the thirteenth century) by citizens to request the interventions of the town planning magistrate.

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